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NHS Pay Deal: Details Released

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4:46pm 23rd August 2012

Pirate FM has learnt that doctors and nurses in Cornwall could have to work longer for less pay, to save jobs.

The Royal Cornwall Hospital and a group of almost 20 others in the south-west warns the other option is laying off 6000 staff.

Bosses say they have got to do something to cut the wage bill.

John Skewes from the Royal College of Midwives says: "None of those things make services better, what makes services better are highly motivated, highly trained staff doing the best for their patients and in the case of midwives, for the women they look after.

"If your pay is being cut by those kind of proportions you look elsewhere and actually, that's terrible for the local economy because that takes decent wages out of the economy and actually, that's been the problem here in Cornwall for far too long."

The Southwest Pay Consortium has released documents of its plans.

Chris Bown is Chairman of the steering group and says: "These documents demonstrate our commitment to meet the unprecedented challenges facing the NHS in the South West.

"While neither document contains proposals or decisions, they do demonstrate the scale of the issue facing employers, and in turn, employees and patients.

"We hope by releasing these documents proactively we can generate meaningful debate as we look at ways of ensuring the NHS in the South West has a bright and sustainable future.

"Consortium trusts are fully supportive of the national negotiations between employer representatives and unions which are looking at modernising the current Agenda for Change pay model. We believe we can and should work in the background as these discussions continue to give us the best opportunity to be sustainable organisations in the years ahead.

"By promoting financially healthy NHS organisations we can preserve employment and reduce the need for redundancies.

"Our analysis shows that up to 6,000 NHS jobs in the South West may be safeguarded by changes to staff pay, terms and conditions."

In a statement, the Royal Cornwall Hospital says: "Like all NHS Trusts across the UK, RCHT faces serious financial and operational challenges, both now and in the future. In considering how we can maintain high quality services and protect employment we have to look at every area where we may be able to make efficiencies.
"At this stage, the documents released by the Pay Consortium contain no proposals or recommendations, and aim simply to generate debate and engagement among staff and their representatives.

"It will be for individual Boards of each Trust in the consortium to make decisions based on recommendations in the business case expected later this year, and to consider any other opportunities and ideas."

4:46pm 23rd August 2012

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